In the run-up to the ‘official’ trial run on December 1 which is expected to be heavily politicized, the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. on late Monday night secretly held a trial run on a portion of the 8.48 km priority section of the 22.878 km north-south line. The Alstom train, which arrived in the city just a week ago, traveled from the Transport Nagar Depot to the Singar Nagar station and then quietly headed back at a speed of 5 kmph.
Since this run was held in utmost secrecy, no further details on its scope are available. Over the past week, the train was operated & subjected to various tests on the depot’s 700m test line, but this is the first time it ventured out of the depot and onto the main-line.
As a reminder, the LMRCL is chasing a March 2017 deadline to open the 8.48 km Transport Nagar – Charbagh section of the line.
Update – Here’s a video of the train passing through the Singar Nagar truss bridge over Avadh Rotary:
While the ‘official’ trial run is awaited, here are some images showing new signage installed at various stations & the depot:
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